Magic of the Month
October is one of my favourite months, not only is it my birthday month but it is also when we really start to see the change of the season in all it's beauty.
Trees turned to a sea of orange, reds and browns. Woodland floors littered with a carpet of crispy fallen leaves and pockets of miscellaneous mushrooms start to pop up from the damp earth beneath.
As the cool mornings become misty and the dark nights start to draw in, we can really start to encourage a cosy Hygge lifestyle. Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment. Pronounced hue-guh, there is no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used to describe the idea as feeling content, cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. Soft lighting, candles, quality time with friends, nourishing food, warm drinks, blankets and home comforts are some of the things which can help you connect to this hygge.
There are two full moons in October this year, one at the beginning and one at the very end.
The second moon in a month is sometimes referred to as a 'Blue moon' which is a modern term. The two moons in October have specific historical names. The first is the Harvest moon, 1st October, because it is the closest full moon to the autumn equinox. The second is called the Hunters moon or Blood moon, 31st October due to the season of hunting livestock as to stock up on the meat over the winter months.
The New moon this month will fall on the 16th. With the new moon, comes new intentions, a great time to set new goals. Astrologers believe that this is a time to think about negotiations and diplomacy which will then come into fruition during the Libra full moon which falls on the 28th of March.
Libra is the sign of the scales. Librans are often described as balanced, generous
and problem solvers. The element of Libra is Air. The element of Air gives us room to breathe, widens our lungs and opens our soul. Some say that star signs that belong to this element have a strong need to feel liberated and free.
Challenges for someone under the air element is that they may find it harder to feel grounded and connected.
image: Cocorrina & Co
Often overlooked, the air element connects all other elements and is in all of us through our breath. In Sanskrit the word Prāna means breath, respiration, life, vitality, energy or strength. In more spiritual explanations, Prāna is ‘life force’ and all energy in the universe.
Prānāyama is both Prāna - the inhale (energy/ life force) and Apana – the exhale (waste).
When breathing, the inhale brings in our energy, the hold savours the energy and the release empties the waste. While the lungs are empty the yogi surrenders in the space. Practicing Prānāyama helps to develop a steady mind, a settled mind. When practicing asana (yoga postures), Prānāyama is what helps to create the energy and strength in the body.
I have added a breath work exercise on Edit #4 which is a really effective and simple way to focus your mind and calm your nervous system.
When connecting the air element to one of the seven chakras we would tend to concentrate on the Anahata (heart) chakra. The Sanskrit word Anahata means unstruck sound, it is the fourth chakra at the heart space.
Love, compassion and joy surround this chakra when it is balanced. Poses to help connect to this chakra are usually back bends which create space through the front of the body and chest. Check out the pose of the month which is bridge pose, this can be practiced as a more restorative posture or as an energising one depending on your energy and also the time of day that you practice your yoga Asana, there are always lots of options within a posture.